If you can learn how to run your own life successfully, then becoming a successful entrepreneur is well within your reach. If your life is a business, then you are already a CEO! Own that title and do what's best for your organization.
Don't get the message twisted though, I'm not saying to treat your friends and family members like employees. If that's what you take from this post, then you are on the wrong track. However, the people that you keep around you do simulate the business environment that you work in. Would you consider your business atmosphere one of collaboration, inspiration, ambition, and those executing on their own goals?
There are five key tips for being a successful CEO in your own life:
1. Develop a Foundational Mindset. If you build your life on a shaky foundation, then over time, what you build could potentially come crashing down. Having the right mindset in which to tackle various obstacle is crucial to success in any aspect of your life and in entrepreneurship. Get around other ambitious or successful individuals. Find ways to stay inspired. Incorporate some meditation into your days so that you not only improve clarity and focus, but also it has been shown to have beneficial health effects.
2. Creating Good Habits. Inspiration fades away, but habits will stick with you. However, creating habits is much harder than it sounds, likely because they take a lot of time and effort to build.
If you're the CEO, you should probably have some level of discomfort with accumulating large debts and therefore strive get better with personal finances. It's important to be uncomfortable with accumulating too much personal debt without paying it off. Possibly go out and read "I will teach you to be rich" by Ramit Sethi and/or "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki.
On a more personal level, build some form of exercise into your day or even into your week. Maybe even find a nutritional plan that you like and stick with it. But one key habit that you can work on forming is to practice following through on a goal even when you have lost some of the motivation that you began with. Building discipline and resilience are key habits to finding your own definition of success.
3. Improving Productivity. This comes down to focusing and following through with accomplishing tasks in a timely fashion.
Work on your ability to clearly define goals and work towards them. It's not enough to set deadlines for a goal, also set a schedule for what you need to do to accomplish that goal. A big goal on its own can be a daunting task for anyone; its up to you to make it more manageable. Start small if you have to.
If your goal is to clean the kitchen, break it up. First, I'm going to wash and dry the dishes. Then, I'm going to clean the countertops. Afterwards, I'll clean the floors.
One skill that people often overlook when it comes to productivity, but would be a worthwhile investment is in speed reading. Everybody is not on the same level in this skill so why not level the playing field. Allow yourself the opportunity to be able to consume more content at a faster rate because almost all jobs out there require you to read material and stay up to date on current happenings in your field.
4. Build Trust with Others. Your reputation is essentially your personal brand. If you don't have a good reputation with those around you, then you likely won't have a good reputation with your potential audience in a future business endeavor. These people become your word of mouth advertising if you're doing a good job and can also destroy your business if they feel you're scamming them somehow. Make sure that your focus is truly on serving others and your effort will be rewarded.
Make no mistake about it, building trust with others is not necessarily something that will happen quickly. If you want others to trust you to perform a certain task, then you have to put in the work up front to show that you can handle the task and also execute with quality. Think about this, in the "Current Wars" of the late 1800's, J.P. Morgan would not have invested money into Thomas Edison if Edison had not first demonstrated his ability to innovate and execute on ideas.
5. Create a Winning Circle of Influence. Evaluate the individuals around you. Who are you learning from? Who's mindset are you taking on unknowingly? Are the individuals around you motivating to you and your ideas? Is there someone around you who always tears down your ideas, but never offers suggestions of their own? Escape the trap of just settling for your current situation because you are scared to expand your horizons.
If you don't have big name millionaires in your circle right now, read their books, listen to their podcasts, read their blogs, listen to their interviews. You don't have to know someone personally in order to learn from them and have them around you. I will also say this, don't ignore the individuals around you that have ambition. They might not have the money that you're looking to achieve, but with that ambition, y'all can rise in the ranks together.
In summary, a CEO is responsible for the high level thinking that guides an organization along the best strategic path to accomplish defined goals. If you are to develop a CEO mindset, then you should start with how you run your own life. If you can do that, then you are well on your way to developing a successful habit that you can transfer to the business world.
I hope that you have found this information helpful in some way. I would love to read your comments on what you think or even if you think there was something I missed. One true goal is to spark discussions and spread the word to those who truly need these messages so I encourage you to share this post with others.